Welcome to the 2020 Conference

‘Partnership’– Progress and pitfalls in working with Trauma and Dissociation

The European Society for Trauma and Dissociation – UK network, (ESTD-UK) in partnership with First Person Plural, (FPP) would like to welcome you to their third, two-day Conference at the Hayes Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire.

We welcome colleagues in private practice and from the voluntary and statutory sectors. We have responded to the request for more time for networking by making these two days residential, whilst keeping the costs as low as possible. The Hayes Conference Centre is in a beautiful setting, providing a tranquil and enjoyable space for delegates.

The ESTD-UK and FPP have a long, well established, working relationship which includes the provision of training and resources; demonstrating successful collaboration between clinicians and those with lived experience. 

The Plenaries and Workshops will help you to develop your understanding, as well as addressing the specific needs of those who experience a high level of complex dissociation, including Dissociative Identity Disorder – DID. During the conference we will share the progress that is being made, particularly within the NHS, high-lighting areas of ‘good practice’ and how this is being sustainably achieved.

We will provide workshops that share practical information which can be used in the therapy room, with special emphasis for those clinicians who are new to this work. The child and adolescent focussed workshops will, as always, be innovative and encouraging.

You will hear how appropriate guidelines and therapeutic interventions are developing; the growing inclusive approach between the NHS and those in private practice; the stigma and huge challenges experienced by many and additionally you will hear from survivors. As always, we are embracing fresh approaches balanced with the tried and tested.

Some of the quotes from the 2019 conference: –

This was a well organised and immensely enriching conference experience. I felt privileged to have been a part/witness to survivors of trauma and those with DID. The theme of hope was evident throughout, even in the midst of such difficult material and experiences.

Fabulous conference, informed, passionate speakers, value for money, challenging, inspiring – thank you so much!

Fantastic opportunity for discussion and exploration. Reaffirmed to people that they’re doing the right thing. Inspired hope and confidence.

Throughout the two days, we aim to encapsulate the growth in positive developments and acknowledge there is still a long way to go with many challenges, whilst focussing on hope, caring and inspiration.

Practical Training for People in Practice